Wednesday, August 6, 2014

We Stand Together, No Longer Silent @TreatB4Tragedy

Join us for a campaign Thursday, known nowadays as "Throwback Thursday," or ‪#‎TBT‬. Tweet to your congressional representative a photo of your family from a more innocent time, before mental illness emerged, with the hashtags: #TBT and ‪#‎Tb4T‬. And ‪#‎PassHR3717‬.
In December 2012, in the days after the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, a mother in the town of Boise, Idaho, dared to share with the world a photo from a more gentle time in her family, with these words: "I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me."
She continued: “I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys — and their mothers — need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.”
We want to thank mother Liza Long, a Tb4T founding member, for breaking her silence and giving courage to so many others to break theirs. This past Thursday, she sent her congressional representatives, Rep. Mike Simpson and Rep. Raul Labrador, an iconic photo of her son, with the message: "help children with ‪#‎mentalillness‬ like my son! HR3717‪#‎TBThursday‬ #Tb4T."
She shares her story in a new book that will be released later this month, "The Price of Silence." Today, she opened her home to filming by the crew of the Dr. Oz show. She is no longer silent. We are no longer silent.
Watch her at Ted X San Antonio and read her original blog:
We stand together. Join us. #TBT #Tb4T #PassHR3717

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